The Nine Circles Audio Thing: Frank S. Talks Some Power Metal!

Yyyyyep! That’s what we’re calling this thing now! What we’ve got for you today isn’t really a podcast, because it’s not part of an RSS feed, and thus not automatically delivered to your podcasting apps. It’s kind of an interview / review in one, I guess? Yes. But nobody wants to call it that, so hence, you’re getting The Nine Circles Audio Thing and dammit, you’re gonna like it.

No, really, you are; we’ve got an awesome chat with power metal guru and Nine Circles contributor Frank Santorelli! Frank took a break from his busy schedule — the dude’s prepping for a move to Italy!! — to discuss two recent power metal albums that crossed his earholes: Aldaria‘s Land of Light and Astral Doors‘ Black Eyed Children. Call it an “Ask the Expert” discussion, if you will? Or don’t; I don’t really care. But check it out either way! Continue reading

Interview: Chris Alfieri of VATTNET on new material, social media and more!

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Vattnet (Photo by the band)

Like many of us, the guys in Vattnet entered 2016 with high hopes and a ton of momentum. The year before, the group — then known as Vattnet Viskar — had released its sophomore full-length, Settler, to a ton of acclaim, done tours with The Atlas Moth and 1349, and lit the Rams Head on fire at Maryland Deathfest. But then, following an early-year tour with Taake and Young and in the Way, frontman Nick Thornbury left the band — altering the band’s trajectory in more ways than one.

Fast forward to 2017, and the band — having dropped the “Viskar” and soldiered on as a trio — has plans to release a new album later this year. Ahead of that, guitarist Chris Alfieri took some time out of his day to discuss how the new material — and the band’s new sonic direction — has taken shape. But the chat quickly turned into a sprawling conversation about social media, the similarities between Pallbearer and Toto (no, really), and how we can all treat each other better in the new year and beyond. It was an altogether excellent time, and we’re thrilled to share it with you here. Check out the recorded conversation after the jump:
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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 34

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Episode 34 — or “Episode Whatever,” as we call it in the episode — comes to you live, with both hosts, plus co-host emeritus Kevin Davis, in the same room! And as you might expect, they didn’t really stick to a strict agenda. It’s a special, banter-filled episode that occasionally touches on Rotting ChristMagrudergrind, and the city of Baltimore!

All that and…not all that much more in Episode 34, but check it out anyway!

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Dan

The Nine Circles Podcast – Episode 33

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The guys lose their damn minds over the Migration Festival headliner announcement, (Panopticon!! Playing alongside Obsequiae, Nightfell, False, Fórn, Krallice and SOOOOO many others!!) then dig into new albums from Obscura and Voidcraeft. Plus, a celebration of NO-MORE-FOOTBALL-FOR-SEVEN-MONTHS!!!!

All that and much, much more in Episode 33, so check it out!

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Dan

The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 32

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The guys discuss the first major repercussion from Phil Anselmo‘s Dimebash incident, then lament the disappointing lineup at this year’s Heavy Montréal festival. Plus, Dan gushes about #Pokémon20 and the fact that he’s once again in possession of the mythical Pokémon, Mew! (And before you ask: yes, he’s a grown, 26-year-old. No shame.)

All that and much, much more in Episode 32, so check it out!

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Keep it heavy,
Dan